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Walks from Season Three - Silver How

A climb to the unassuming summit of Silver How above the village of Grasmere - the heart of Wordsworth country.  Prepare for quite a steep climb, but be rewarded with some of the best views in the Lake District - if you have the weather!

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Walk Info
miles (5.6km)
Minimum time
2½ hours
Total ascent
1,296 ft (395m)
Level of difficulty
Footpaths but with steep climbs,
1 stile
OS Explorer OL7
Grid NY 32696 05169
Not recommended
Langdale Estate / Off B5343
Public Transport
Bus - 516 Langdale Rambler -
nearest stop Elterwater, 1½ miles
Langdale Estate / Grasmere Village
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Route Directions

  • Leave the Langdale Estate by Fellside gate and turn left along the B5343 road.

  • Turn right down a public footpath after a cottage named Beckfoot.  If you're not staying at the Langdale Estate, car parking is off road here.

  • The footpath rises gently along the side of a stream before meeting a minor road.  

  • Pass through the gate, turn left and then right just after the 20mph sign.

  • The path climbs steeply up the fellside with a small beck and a wall on the right.  Climbing further, the stream and the wall fall away.

  • After a slight leveling of the path, it heads rightwards to follow the edge of the gorge of Meg Gill.  

  • Care is needed here as steep slopes lead down to the river on the right.

  • More inclines are had until the path eventually fords the Gill.

  • The path now continues rightwards across the fellside at a gentle gradient.

  • It then veers left and rises more shrarply to access a grassy slope leading to a large, low cairn - the meeting point of five paths.

  • Take the path straight on (like the second exit on a road roundabout) which veers left and climbs steeply to the top of the ridge where a large cairn is waiting.

  • Walk forwards until a small water channel blocks the way.  Cross this on the right and veer north-northeast on a faint track towards the summit of Silver Howe.

  • Descend steeply by a path marked with cairns on the northern side of the summit.

  • Ford the juniper and birch-lined channel of Wray Gill and descend further through thicker areas of juniper.  

  • At the bottom, turn right and the unusual sight of a stone wall is to the right.

  • Follow this path, which doubles as a water course and eventually head right towards the gate leading to the first paved path for several miles.

  • Head down this path until the it meets the road.  Turn right and head away from Grasmere.

  • Eventually head along the road rising to the right and through the various gates into Hammerscarr Plantation.  

  • Follow the path until it meets the minor road and follow the road to the right.

  • When the road splits, take the left down the steady slope.  

  • A right at the junction with the main B5343 will bring the Langdale Estate back into view on the left.

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